Canadian ground beef, pork don't need a warning label, says local MP


Martin Shields, Opinion, The Vulcan Advocate (Canada)

Jun 17, 2022


Just when you thought government policy just couldn’t get any loonier, it does.

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Health Canada, the department that regulates everything from public health restrictions to prescription drugs to agriculture (yes, you read that right), is now mandating that Canadian ground beef and pork display a health warning label on the front of its packaging.


Canada would be the only country on earth to mandate this “warning label” – other jurisdictions like the European Union, Brasil, Israel, Chile, Mexico and others have exempted ground meat as “single ingredient, unprocessed foods.” That makes sense.


What Health Canada is doing does not, especially when considering many processed foods like sugary snacks, drinks and potato chips are not mandated to display this label.


Besides wondering why on earth Health Canada would waste time, money, and resources attacking our agriculture sector yet again, one has to think what the basis of this mandated regulation was?


I’ve asked questions in the House of Commons on this issue and the only response back I’ve heard was more of the same talking points from the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Health: “science.”


This magic word, which has been used and abused by the occupants of the government benches for years, is once again being manipulated to fit the description of this regulation. “Our government will always prioritize health policies based on scientific evidence.”


What scientific evidence is that? Ground meat, like beef and pork, are single-ingredient foods. They contain nothing more than beef or pork!

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Canadians know what they are buying – they don’t need a reminder.


Ground beef is healthy. It’s a source of iron and protein, and part of a healthy Canadian diet. Not to mention a huge part of our agriculture economy in Alberta and across the country.


To suggest that implementing this warning label would contribute to a “healthier lifestyle” must be ignorance or flat-out malice.


Plus, the CFIA has stringent regulations that producers must follow to meet the high health standards.


This leaves many question. Does the government want you to stop eating meat? Is it all part of the government’s climate agenda because it believes agriculture contributes to climate change?


I believe this government needs to take a hard look at Canada’s economy and our ability to remain self-sufficient.


Much like our energy industry...